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Garcinia Cambogia And its Side Effects to Liver

Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects to LiverGarcinia Cambogia has lately received attention on the media – as the number one natural weight loss remedy. Well, whether this is true or not, you may want to know how this dietary supplement affects your liver.

Garcinia Cambogia & Liver Toxicity

Because many people seek to reduce their weight using natural means, it’s not a surprise that they will often fall for anything that promises to give just that. There are lots of weight loss products being touted on the web, most of which their credibility has not been backed by scientific evidence. Therefore, it’s important that you be careful when considering to use any of the so-called ”natural means”.

The main focus of this article is on garcinia cambogia side effects to the liver. So we’re going to highlight everything you need to know about its interaction with your liver. Here’s what studies show:

Overview Information

When looking at the product database for natural Garcinia Cambogia extract, we came up with a few things worth noting.

First, it has several names you may not be familiar with. In some cases, it may be referred to as Acide Hydroxycitrique, Brindle Berry, Brindal Berry, Cambogia gummi-guta, Garcinia gummi-guta, Gorikapuli, Hydroxycitrate, Malabar Tamarind and many others.

Secondly, it’s a plant whose fruit rind is used in the manufacture of medicine. However, it’s still too early to conclude that garcinia prevents storage of fat/contributes to appetite control. Research has not clearly shown whether these effects are true or not. In other words, there’s not a single proven record to show for that.

Use this link to find out:  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-818-garcinia.aspx?activeingredientid=818&activeingredientname=garcinia

Research on Liver Toxicology

Some toxicology studies have shown that there is no level of toxicity or death when Garcinia Cambogia is used on animals at HCA 5000 mg/kg dose. In layman’s language, this is an equivalent of 350g of Hydroxycitric Acid.

This could also mean 233 times the maximum recommended dosage – which is 150mg of HCA per day.

There’s a rising concern about people taking this natural plant extract for weight loss purposes, and the possibility of them developing severe hepatotoxicity. (According to Wikipedia.org, Hepatotoxicity means chemical-driven damage to the liver).

A while back, a combined ingredient product of the same category consisted of 20 different ingredients. It was simply the older version of Hydroxycut, which no longer exist today.

But on the contrary, research now suggest that the is no evidence to link liver damage or toxicity to  hydroxycitric acid found in the fruit, Garcinia.

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract and The Liver

In record, there’s one instant of severe liver failure when an individual used a supplement called Singulair in combination with 2 other dietary supplements, of which one contained Garcinia elements.

However, it is not clear if this is the same case as with what happened with Hydroxycut / hepatotoxicity case highlighted above.

But all in all, we can pick out some hint pointing to side effects related to the liver in some way. So just in case you’re concerned about this, it’s best that you check with the relevant health professional to assist you, or avoid the use of this supplement all together.

Conclusion

The idea of liver side effects stimulated by the use of Garcinia Cambogia could be valid or not. But generally, most supplements using this plant extract are safe, though you need to be carefully, just the same way you do with other drugs.

Uncircumcised Penis: Is Sex Any Better?

Overview

The term ”Uncircumcised penis” means to remove the foreskin is the norm. Any culture around the world that practices male circumcision considers this practice, standard.

Circumcised or Uncircumcised, which is which?

All males are born with their penises intact. However, a large percentage of this population will have their penis uncircumcised, while a fair number of this population undergoes the knife. In fact, cultures around the world that practice it considers uncircumcised penis – not normal.

Note:

We’re pulling this information from http://www.circumcision.org/uncircumcised.htm, for credibility purpose.

Foreskin/Prepuce Facts

The uncut penis has a structure known as the prepuce. It is also commonly known as the foreskin. This is a double-layered skin that covers the head of the penis shaft when it is flaccid.

It is the foreskin that is surgically removed during circumcision, so that the male child/man becomes circumcised.

The decision to remove the prepuce is influenced by many factors, such as religion, parent preference, and the culture where the baby is born. Let’s take an example of what happens in the US.

Many hospitals assume it’s a natural step of the birthing process, so they will proceed to cut the foreskin even without warning the parent, unless the parent expresses her wish otherwise.

At birth and in the early ages of a boy, the foreskin remains intact to the penis head, and will eventually role away from the tip of the penis as a result of normal repeated erections.

In 90% of the male population, the prepuce will be loose and mobile by age two. However, in some cases, it might take up to 5 years or more for that to happen.

When Handling Uncircumcised Penis

The parent should never force retraction/rolling of the foreskin before the time is ripe. If the skin is forced to role back, it could result in pain, bleeding and discomfort.

Functions of the Foreskin

According to information published in http://www.circumcision.org/foreskin.htm, the foreskin makes up a third of the entire penile skin, and is responsible for giving intense pleasure during intercourse, because it slides up and down.

The following diagrams depict what the penis looks like, in both states. The images also tell you the look of a circumcised and an uncircumcised manhood in flaccid or relaxed state. The foreskin is also important because it serves as a cover for the head of the penis. One of the diagrams depict this as well.

Inner and the outer foreskinUncircumcised penis in relaxed statecircumcised penis when relaxedcircumcised penis, when erectErectile process in the Uncircumcised penis4

Scientific Facts

Taylor and Lockwood carried out a study of the prepuce at the University of Manitoba, Department of Pathology. Their findings were published in the British journal of Urology, and the article was titled ”The Prepuce: Specialized Mucosa of the Penis & its Loss to Circumcision”.

The study was based on 22 adults, who underwent autopsy. The ultimate result was that the outer foreskin contained an impressive amount of pleasure-stimulating nerves.

They concluded that the prepuce had different kinds of nerves, which should be treated as structural and functional unit of the whole penis. Therefore, the glans and the penis shaft itself would benefit mostly when they work together with the nerves of the foreskin.

Enjoying Sex With An Uncircumcised Man

As long as it’s clean, there is no harm for anything. In fact, oral sex, when conducted on a clean uncircumcised penis, is an experience like no other. Furthermore, the woman has more to play with when giving blowjob!

Furthermore, the type of penis shouldn’t matter, as long as it can stay hard and erect enough to bring her to orgasm.

Understanding The Human Brain Memory

human brainMany people will confess that they are not good at memorizing long sequences of numbers. But the very fact that we can remember telephone numbers is a clear sign that the brain can store long strings of information. However, there’s a small trick, and that’s to break the information into smaller chunks that are easier to remember.

For instance, we would break down telephone numbers into bunches of 3 or 4 digits. In fact, it would be correct to say that not everybody else knows their credit number by heart, but it would be easier for them to memorize the digits by breaking them into fours. Some years back, a study was conducted on 14-month old children with toys. The objective was to find out if they could memorize information in smaller chunks.

During the study, two toys were hidden in a box and the other two were taken elsewhere, also hidden. The study wanted to find out how much longer the children would search for the missing toys that were not in the box. They discovered that when the toys were in groups of twos, such as two toy dogs and two toy cats, the children seemed to remember the fact that there were two of each toys, so they continued searching the box for the missing items.

This research suggested how information could be remembered. This takes us to the wonders of the brain and how it works to store information.

The wonders of our brain
When it comes to the way the brain handles memory, there are several things that take place. We categorize the memories in terms of working memory and long term memory.

Working memory
The brain’s frontal lobe is responsible for the working memory. This part of the brain evaluates incoming information and focuses on it. The information is temporarily withheld, and an evaluation is made, whether to discard it immediately or store it for future use.

Here’s an example of working memory
Let’s say we needed to add 77, 89 and 65 without using a pen and a paper. After getting the totals of the first column which would be 21, we need to keep the 2 somewhere in our mind so that we can add it to the results of the second column. In other words, working memory helps us to work faster with information compared to the time we would spend writing it down.

Working memory prevents useless or meaningless information from encoding into long term memory. It screens out peripheral input so that it rejects things such as dogs barking, vehicles hooting and so forth, while taking in only what matters. So both working memory and long term memory gives human beings priority over what gets stored into the brain and what should be discarded immediately.

Long term memory
A decision will be made to take in data for long term storage. This information is channeled to different parts of the brain and may be sorted out based on things such as smell, shape, feel, color etc. Emotions also play a very important role in memorizing information this way. The more feelings we have that’s associated with the memory, the longer we tend to hold on to it.

Can you improve brain memory
Yes, brain memory can be improved using a process known as ”long term potential-tion”. This process involves encoding information by strengthening the nerve cells. At the same time, other cells will be weakened every time one is exposed to this exercise. When you practice hard, the bonds surrounding the cells will be stronger because they get more neurons involved in the thinking and storing of data.

This creates a new network of neurons that take part regardless of what we do, so learning a new language, mastering a golf skill or math concept may feel like a walk in the park.

However, there’s a myth that has been going round for a long time; that the older we get, the more our brains lose their ability to store information. The truth is, the adult brain is always eager to learn, so it’s resilient and adaptable. To support this, a professor from the University of Kentucky, called David Snowden conducted a study called ”The nuns of Mankato”. He took interest in the nuns who lived in a Mankato convent. Most of the nuns were in their 90s and 100s, but their lives were rigorous and full of activities.

Others studies also scanned the frontal lobes of both 25 year old and 75 years old individuals, and their frontal lobes were found to be equally illuminated. The study showed that intellectual activities strengthened dendrite growth to promote more neurons in the brain regardless of age. So, what do you think?

Knee Sprain Recovery Exercises To Get You Back On Track

knee sprainThe road to knee sprain recovery can be tough but achievable as long as you know what to do and how it works. It’s very easy to make mistakes while doing stretches at the gym. Furthermore, it’s easy to misdiagnosis yourself and do the wrong stretch or do the right stretch poorly because you missed it when looking up things on the internet.

Even though a simple knee sprain can take months to heal completely, at-home physical therapy is always necessary for quick recovery. This is because performing workouts on a daily basis strengthens the surrounding muscles and tissues, hence improving range of motion as well as flexibility in the injured area.

Hip flexors and quadriceps
Patients who are on a knee sprain recovery program perform straight leg raises and quadriceps to strengthen the respective muscles. Both workouts start in a seated position while placing the injured leg straight.

For quadriceps sets, patients are supposed to contract and tighten the quadriceps muscles while holding for 5 seconds. They can also perform straight leg raises by lifting their legs up, about 5 inches off the floor surface. They are supposed to hold the leg in that position for close to 5 seconds before bring it down to the floor once again.

This knee sprain recovery program can be performed in 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 repetitions on a daily basis. The aim is to strengthen the injured tissues.

Hamstrings & hip extenders
Perform knee-bend and heel slide to enhance your hamstring muscles and regain knee flexibility. When performing the heel-slide, patients begin from a seated position while legs are kept in a straight position. They gradually slide the heel of the injured leg towards them. The moment they realize they’ve reached stretching capacity, they return to the original position to repeat the procedure.

On the other hand, the prone-knee bend is performed by bending slowly while curling the injured knee. As for the hip extender workout, the process is similar to that of prone-knee bend, though the injured leg is often lifted above the floor as opposed bending the knee.

The aim is to strengthen the hamstring muscles while encouraging mobility.

Functional
Knee sprain recovery programs also consist of functional workouts that are dynamic in nature. They include squats, step-ups and single-leg balance.

When performing squats, patients stand with their feet shoulder-width apart while arms straight in front of them. This is important when it comes to achieving proper balance.

As for the single-leg balance, a counter-top or chair is used for support. The injured knee is slightly bent to avoid pain. With time, this exercise can even be perform with eyes closed.

To get started, place the leg with the injured knee on a 3 to 5 inch step while keeping the other leg on the floor. Shift your body weight towards the injured knee while trying to straighten your knee and lifting the other foot off the floor. You can perform 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 repetitions for 30 seconds.

Functional exercises aim at strengthening and enhancing the mobility of the injured tissues.

Knee sprain recovery workouts can ease pain, stabilize the joint around the injured knee, and strengthen leg muscles. The good news is, you always don’t need to purchase any equipment to do these exercises, but you can get an elastic band to add more resistance during workout.

Low Impact Arthritis Exercises That Eliminate Pain

Arthritis managementNow that you’re suffering from arthritis, it only makes sense to consider low impact Ra exercises that will get you back on track. In your program, you only want exercises that are within your limits, and those that will guarantee results.

So, if this is you, you’ve come to the right place because we’ll be covering everything associated with low impact RA exercises to help ease joint pain.

Overview

It’s recommended that you do lots of exercises because they improve strength as well as flexibility of the joints, thereby reducing pain and fatigue. Of course we know that when the pain of stiff and painful joints are bogging you down, it can be extremely difficult to think about swimming, or walking around a few lengths of the road, so we’re going to make this plan as simple as it can get.

First, we want to let you know that you don’t have to swim as fast as an Olympic competitor, or run a marathon to eliminate the symptoms of arthritis. Instead, we want to focus on moderate exercises, which can actually bring results, while helping you maintain good health. So, if this condition threatens to immobilize you, exercise will keep you moving! You don’t have to trust this statement, just do what you’ll be told in the coming paragraphs!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercise Plan: A very simple plan you can master and apply

Because arthritis affects a host of joints inside the body, your exercise plan should be able to address a number of areas, especially where you feel pain. We know the knees are a culprit, the elbows, even the muscles and the bones.

So, in this Ra exercise plan, you will want to perform exercises that increase range of motion, those that increase strength, aerobic exercises and many more.

Range of motion

Of course they increase your joint’s range of motion to eliminate the stiffness you’re experiencing. Range of motion is nothing more than moving your joints through their normal range, say raising your hands above your head, or even rolling your shoulders on a forward-backward movement. You can do these on a daily basis.

Strengthening exercises

They improve strength of muscles that help to support and protect your joints. For instance, weight training is a good example of an exercise plan that helps increase your current muscle strength. These ones should be done more frequently, with a day off when you realize that your joints are too painful, or when a swelling has occurred.

Aerobics

These are also known as endurance exercises, and they help with the overall fitness. They improve cardiovascular health, give stamina, and help put your weight in check. This way, you get more energy to sail you through the day.

They should be low-impact aerobic workouts though, in the form of walking, riding, biking or even swimming. You should do them at least 3 times a week, for 30 minutes. But you can always split up that time into 10-minutes block if that’s going to be suitable for your joints.

Other activities

Any movement is good for you. So if you find a particular activity appealing, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor about it. In fact, your doctor may even recommend that you try gentle forms of yoga or even Tai Chi. The former improves balance, and also helps reduce chances of falls. However, before going into this, make sure you tell your instructor about your condition to avoid aggressive painful movements on the joints.

Ra Exercises for Knees:

The gentle knee formula that will give results

First, you need to know how RA for the knees looks and feels like. This condition causes the joints at the knee area to become tender, swollen and warm. Even though knee osteoarthritis can cause pain & stiffness, joint pain with knee Rheumatoid Arthritis can be severe.

In this area of the body, a pouch covered with some tissue, known as synovium, lies around the cartilage. Cartilage is found at the ends of the bones that form joints. It is also the smooth material in-between that allows for movement to take place.

So if you have Knee RA, you may encounter the following symptoms:

1 Swelling/inflammation

2 Pain

3 Stiffness

4 Fatigue

5 Warmth around the knee area

Try These Ra Stretching Exercises to Help Avert Knee/Joint Pain

Lying on a mat facing upwards with both feet straight, bend one knee while letting the other one remain straight on the ground. Lift the straight foot off the ground/mat and count up to 5 before returning it down. Repeat with each leg for as long as you can.

Alternatively, you can sit on the edge of the bed or table, then cross your ankles over. Push the front leg backwards and the back leg forward against each other until you feel your thighs becoming tense. Switch legs and repeat.

If the above two exercises don’t fit you well, hold onto a chair and gently squat. Go low until your knee caps have covered your big toe, or up to where you’re comfortable. Return to standing position, and repeat at least 10 times.

In short, anything that keeps your joints busy will make an excellent workout for rheumatoid arthritis.

Note

RA stretching exercises are the best, so avoid high-impact exercises that can put too much pressure on your joints. You shouldn’t run too fast, play tennis on a hard pavement or anything like that. Also, you should never lift too heavy weights. And just in case you’re looking for more intense workouts for rheumatoid arthritis, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor to explore more options.

Conclusion

With a healthy rheumatoid arthritis exercise plan, you shouldn’t be immobilized by this medical condition. And once you make it a part of your life, you’ll realize that life is more interesting than it used to be. Pain will be gone, and you’ll realize that you have lots of energy and stamina to do whatever you want to do. So even though arthritis threatens to put you down because there’s no cure, it will never make it. RA exercises are the worst enemy of the condition. Don’t be carried away by treatments such as surgery and the rest – they might prove harmful in the end.

Your Body Weight Doesn’t Reduce Because of The Following 6 Reasons

weight controlAre you struggling with weight control issues? Well, we’re afraid because it could take you more than just checking your calories. They say that one has to eat less while working out more to achieve results. Unfortunately, this is about to change in some people, especially those who are having trouble controlling their body weight.

So in other words, your expanding waistline may be as a result of other factors apart from the usual ”suspects” – fried potatoes, Pork meat, or hamburgers. In fact, research now links weight gain to modern environmental factors, in addition to genetics, diet and lifestyle behaviours.

(a) You don’t Sleep Enough

If you don’t sleep enough, it will slow down your metabolism. This affects the level of your hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin.

Ghrelin is a hormone that tells your stomach to demand food. On the other hand, leptin sends you signals to stop eating. Studies show that lack of enough sleep will elevate ghrelin, so that you eat more and gain body weight. The flip-side is also true.

Tip

To focus on good sleep, turn off your electronics. Get to your bedroom early. Also, avoid drugs such as alcohol, cigarette and so forth. Don’t use sleeping pills either.

(b) Hidden Sugars

Hidden sugars are everywhere on our meals. Your sports drink, breakfast cereals, and even certain brands of peanut butter have hidden sugars in them. So what?

Well, studies show that added sugars could be more damaging to your health than dietary fat. As a result, you’ll suffer from dental decay, heart diseases, diabetes and even obesity.

Tip

Make sure you read product labels before purchase. Focus on added sugar in particular. They may call it glucose, fructose, malt, molasses, or even fruit juice concentration.

(c) You’re Interested in Calories & Not Nutrients

If you minimize portions, you’ll lose weight fast. The problem is that people have become too obsessed with calorie control, to the extent of ignoring the most important aspect of what they eat – nutrients.

Tip

Focus on nutrients as opposed to calorie count. These will nourish your body with vitamins, minerals and even anti-oxidants.

(d) You’ve Been Absorbing Environmental Oestrogen

They are also called Xenoestrogen, and they are found in synthetic chemicals such as plastic, detergents, fertilizers, and cosmetics. Research is currently studying the effects of this hormone (xenoestrogen) on the human body. So far, it is suspected that Xenoestrogen could be mimicking biological hormones in the body.

If oestrogen is in excess, it will make you gain weight regardless of your gender.

Tip

Try to avoid plastic-based materials and go for glass instead. You can also invest in organic products as well.

(e) You Remain Immobile For Too Long

Maybe you watch TV, or you play games on the web a lot. This is a far cry from the kind of life our ancestors lived. You may give excuses by thinking you are too busy, but the reality is, you are not moving the way you should.

Tip

You don’t have to participate in a marathon to lose weight. Go fidgeting instead. We’re recommending fidgeting because studies show how it can burn hundreds of calories a day. This is very light workout for the lazy ones.

Anything from standing quite often, stretching, crossing & uncrossing the legs, to sitting in the right posture is fidgeting, and it will do the trick.

(f) The Set Point Theory

This theory states that our body is designed to maintain a certain weight by fighting to stay there. This explains the reason why counting calories alone will not bring results.

Tip

The only way to lower your set point is through proper diet and consistent exercise. Aim to lose weight in one week, say 1kg every 7 days.